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Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer describes the life of a Jewish orphan in an eastern European Jewish village who is labeled a fool by the community The overly trustworthy Gimpel allows his fellow villagers to trick him into wedding Elka the village prostitute who is also an orphan He lives happily with Elka and her illegitimate child until he finds her with other men and asks the rabbi for a divorce Gimpel longingly reconciles his relationship with Elka and she bears six more children but only on her deathbed when reveals the truth of her promiscuity and the childrens bastardization that he loses his faith in God and his innocence He regains his faith by refusing to surrender to devilish impulses that incite him to seek retribution on his community and in so doing frees himself to travel the world Gimpel who lives the youthful half of his life being called a fool keeps peace by trusting in others and in God however only after he loses faith and has to rediscover God does he begin to believe in himself Gimpel keeps peace in his community by giving others the benefit of the doubt while admiring others resolve for he lacks firm beliefs in anything but God and those he admires Instead of causing trouble Gimpel allows others to have the satisfaction of deceiving him He reflects I was no weakling If I slapped someone hed see all the way to Cracow But Im really not a slugger by nature I think to myself Let it pass So they take advantage of me Second I had to believe when the whole town came down on me If I ever dared to say Ah youre kidding there was trouble People got angry 99 He later states I believed them and I hope it did them some good 99 Moreover he admires
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